The following account of Delta High School's previous week's play in softball was provided by Delta High School's head softball coach Steve Reiher.
Against Palisade, Lily Lockart and Palisade's Danika DeLaHoz battled last Tuesday (Sept. 3) with the Panthers outlasting the Bulldogs in dramatic fashion.
Palisade led 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh. Freshmen Saydee Culver led off with a groundball that was misplayed by the third-baseman allowing Culver to reach first base safely. Senior Kasha Culver then reached on an error by the Palisade catcher. Freshman Megan Sandoval hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Saydee Culver out at third base. This brought freshman Lily Lockart to the plate with one out and runners at first and second base. With a 2-2 count, Lockart hit a walk-off home run to deep left field giving the Panthers a 7-6 league victory.
Lockart was also the pitcher of record gaining her second straight league win. She gave up six hits, striking out three and allowing only two earned runs. At the plate, Lockart led all Delta hitters, going two-for-four with four RBIs. Bry Music also drove in a run for the Panthers. Sandoval had a key hit in the fourth inning followed by a stolen base. With two outs, Sandoval scored Delta's first run of the game on Music's single to right center.
The Lady Panthers traveled to Grand Valley on Thursday to take on the Cardinals in a non-conference game. Sophomore pitcher Keilee Womack got the start for the Panthers and allowed only two hits in the 20-2 victory. Sandoval led Delta hitters going two for three and picking up two RBIs. Junior Raven Duran also added a two-run double for the Panthers.
Hannah Easter drew the pitching duties for game one at last weekend's Eagle Valley Tournament on Saturday. She struggled with her control the first inning but then settled in for the next couple of innings.
Easter recorded the win for the Panthers, allowing nine runs. The Panthers were paced on offense by Megan Sandoval going two-for-three with three RBIs. Music picked up three RBIs on a three-run home run in the first inning.
The Lady Panthers won the game 16-9.
Delta faced a tough opponent in its next game, losing to Fossil Ridge's Sabercats.
Lockart drew the difficult task of slowing down the Sabercat offense. Coming off of a 32-0 thumping of Eagle Valley, Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins) had its high-power offense in full swing. Lockart gave up 12 hits and 14 runs in five innings.
However, the story was more of Delta's less-than-stellar defensive play, allowing eight errors and 10 unearned runs. Delta's lone hit came from Music in the bottom of the fifth with a line drive double down the right field line.
The Panthers ended their busy week of softball against the Eagle Valley Devils with a solid 12-3 victory.
Delta led this game from the start.
Lockart went three-for-three, including a two-run home run and a double, as well as collecting three RBIs.
Other Panthers showing well at the plate included Culver, two-for-four with a double and a triple, Sandoval two-for-three with two doubles, Duran two-for-three with a triple and Womack with two base hits.
Womack was the pitcher of record, running her record to a perfect 3-0. She allowed five hits and two runs.
Defensively, the Panthers atoned for their earlier effort, allowing only one error in the final game.
The Panthers move to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. They were slated to play Eagle Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in a league contest. Delta travels to Montrose to play the Indians for the second time this season. The Indians spanked Delta the first time and the Lady Panthers are looking for revenge. Game time is set for 3 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus